Good samaritan helps catch hit-and-run driver

June 7, 2008 1:07:30 PM PDT
Philadelphia police tell Action News that it was a good Samaritan that helped them catch the driver of a pick up truck that struck and killed a girl crossing Delaware avenue overnight.

The incident occurred 12:30 Saturday morning in the 900 block of north Delaware Avenue outside of Club Bamboo when the driver of a GMC truck struck the girl, killing her instantly.

Another motorist who witnessed the accident followed the driver and called 911 on their cell phone. They followed the vehicle as it made its way into Port Richmond from Northern Liberties.

Police identify the driver of the car as 28-year-old Edward Dunphy. Dunphy, who was intoxicated at the time of the incident, faces numerous charges including DUI, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene and other related charges.

Police were able to stop the vehicle on east Madison Street near Tilton Avenue where the Dunphy was taken into custody by officers from the 26th district.

The deceased female is identified as a 20-year-old

The good Samaritan was a guard from the club's security company.

Club Bamboo allows 18 year-olds to enter, but 21 to drink.